President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris have marked the one year anniversary since a mob of Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill.
Members of Congress had been inside the building confirming President Biden’s election victory when men and women entered the building carrying Trump memorable, confederate state flags and memorabilia linked to the popular far-right conspiracy Q-Anon.
Four people died at the rally, three others dying from “medical emergencies” and four police officers who were on duty on the day died from suicide following the attack.
In a speech, the President claimed his predecessor and his mob of angry supporters represented values that “could not be further away from the core of American values.”
Biden made no secret of who he blamed for the disruption, laying the blame solely on former President Donald Trump. He said Trump “tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power” and reiterated his claim of American democracy being at risk, remarking “[the Capitol riot] held a dagger at the throat of America and American democracy.”
In response from his home in Florida, Donald Trump slammed Biden’s speech as ‘political theatre’ and claimed it was used as a distraction from the failings of his policies.
Vice-President Kamala Harris reiterated Biden’s remarks of democratic fragility and emphasised the American people’s work to defend and rebuild the democratic state.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi named those who had died during the assault and proceed to lead the chamber in a moment of silence to remember.
She spoke of the “courage and patriotism” of the law enforcement present and said they served as the “defenders of our democracy.”
“Because of them, Congress was able to defeat the insurrection- to return to the capital that same night to ensure the transfer of power took place.
“As we reflect on that darkest day, we remember the insurrection sought not only to attack the building, but to undermine democracy itself.”
Only two members of the Republican were present- Rep Liz Cheney and her father former Vice Present Dick Cheney.
Liz Cheney was one of several Republicans who voted to impeach Trump after the riot of January 6th.
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